May 4, 2014, Truth-out.org: Truthout Interviews Dr. Brian Moench on Skyrocketing Autism Rates in the US
May 4, 2014, High Point (NC) Enterprise: New autism documentary features stories from the Triad
May 4, 2014, The Scotsman: Autistic pupils puts pressure on Scottish schools
May 3, 2014, BBC: Gulf War soldier takes on MoD over vaccines
May 3, 2014, UK Daily Mail: Autism risk 'is ten times worse if first child has disorder', reveals study of two million children
May 3, 2014, Forbes: Autism Science, Birth To Thirteen
May 2, 2014, Fremont (OH) News Messenger: Local families reflect on experiences with autistic children
May 1, 2014, Washington Post: The enduring benefits of vaccination
May 1, 2014, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: Vaccines can’t prevent measles outbreaks
Brian Moench is a practicing physician and the president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment who has been a strong advocate for a number of environmental causes, and wrote an article for Truthout examining toxins used in the ground and emitted in the air and their relation to the rise in autism rates. . . . But it's not just air pollution that is a contributing factor, but also chemical toxins found in the most popular herbicide used in the United States: Roundup. Dr. Moench synthesizes some current medical research into a linkage between the toxins like glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup) and autism.
This MD doesn't want to talk about vaccines. Pesticides are the real culprits. GO AWAY JENNY McCARTHY! You're nothing but a distraction.
Dr. Moench on Video: "So autism shouldn't be associated with one particular entity, one particular celebrity, or one particular cause. It's almost unfortunate...that autism is compared invariably with the issue of vaccines. That's a separate issue that my article didn't address. I intentionally let that out.
I wanted to address the scientific evidence that chemical exposures seem to play a significant role in what appears to be a genuine public health crisis."
No one believes that vaccines are the only cause of autism, but Dr. Moench doesn't want to cast a shadow on what doctors are doing to children. He's concerned with toxic exposures in our food supply---and babies are affected BEFORE BIRTH. The CDC/AAP will no doubt like this talk.
"We wanted to create a timeline to not only show the evidence of coverup of harm, but also to demonstrate that thimerosal should never have been in vaccines from day one," says A Shot of Truth project manager Angela Medlin, who lives in High Point. "The timeline begins in 1929 and tells the actual history of thimerosal, along with its horrific impact on susceptible members of the population."
A Shot of Truth
THE number of children in Scottish schools needing extra support due to autism has risen by 15 per cent to almost 10,000 in just one year, new figures show.
In 2013, 9,946 students were listed as having “additional support needs” in Scotland due to autistic spectrum disorder – up 1,296 from 8,650 in the previous year.
Overall the number of pupils needing extra help in class due to a wide range of problems, including speech and language disorders and other disabilities, rose 11.5 per cent from 118,034 in 2012 to 131,621 last year.
Concerns are now being raised about whether schools and teachers are properly equipped to cope with increases in children needing additional help with their studies, amid calls for further investigations into why numbers are rising at such a rate.
The Scottish Government said increased awareness and better detection of problems such as autism were behind the rising numbers listed as needing extra support in schools.
This is really sad and I can imagine that this kind of story will never end.
Every time the numbers are announced, it's never a real increase.
So, should Scotland just expected 15 percent increases in the number of autistic students every year until every child has a diagnosis?
If we follow this reasoning. . . increased awareness has led to more children recognized as autistic----then NOTHING IS WRONG. These kids just used to be ignored or classified as something else, if it's really "better detection."
IF that were really true, there'd be no problem. Teachers would have had to deal with these students even if they weren't called autistic. SO WHY AREN'T TEACHERS "PROPERLY EQUIPPED TO COPE. . . "
This admitted worldwide incompetency in education is proof that kids have never been here like this before. The same goes for police, airline crews, fire fighters, EMTs....and everyone else now being trained to deal with AUTISM.
A soldier has won legal aid in his fight to find out what the Ministry of Defence knew of the health risks of the vaccinations given to troops ahead of the first Gulf War.
He is one of a number of service personnel who have subsequently become ill and believe the toxicity of the inoculations may have been a factor.
The Ministry of Defence said all the key facts about the vaccination programme had already been published.
They denied there was any cover-up.
If a soldier who was NEVER DEPLOYED had these symptoms---then it wasn't "toxic substances in the Gulf." What is important here is that it shows vaccine safety issues don't just involve children and it isn't just about autism.
Babies are ten times more likely to develop autism if they have a brother or sister with the condition, according to the biggest-ever study of its kind.
It found that a child’s risk of being diagnosed with the developmental disorder also doubles if they have a cousin with the condition.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found genes account for 50 per cent of a child’s chance of being autistic, with ‘environmental factors’ accounting for the remaining 50 per cent.
Previous studies of twins have suggested genes play an even higher role – as high as 90 per cent.
But Dr Sandin said most of these environmental factors – such as premature birth – appeared to be outside the control of parents
Notice how this is covered. Two sentences at the end mention 'environmental factors' ---those vague, hopelessly confusing---triggers that we can never really understand.
If 50 percent of your child's chances of having autism are ENVIRONMENTAL---shouldn't it deserve more coverage than saying they're "outside the control of parents"?
One of my sons is autistic. He was diagnosed about a decade ago at age 3 for the symptoms recognized at the time but likely would have been diagnosed earlier given what we know now. Like all autistic people … like most people … he has grown–taller than I, at this point–developed, matured, and changed. And along with him, the way people view and talk and think about autism has changed, as well. In the 10 years since his diagnosis, we’ve gone from hearing “I’m sorry” when we mention having an autistic child to a much more mixed response, one that often is as weighted with curiosity and interest as with sympathy or pity, and that’s a good thing. But there is always room for improvement.
Emily Willingham reports on the up side of autism. You won't hear about horrible regression with severe health issues. Nothing is said about Teenagers in diapers, head-banging, or wandering away and drowning. Her message is: autism is genetic, it's just the way it is for some kids, we need to accept that. My comment never showed up.
Landon Mincer is 5 years old, but he is not potty trained yet. He drinks out of a sippy cup, has violent outbursts if he gets too tired and has trouble expressing his moods. He has friends in his R.C. Water's kindergarten classroom, but his mother is worried about his future relationships.
Hunter Lenz, 16, has never had a full conversation with his father and stepmother. He watches television shows designed for preschoolers and has a fascination with outer space. His father, Brian Lenz, says he has the mentality of a 6- or 7-year-old.
When Tyler Aldrich was between the age of 4 and 5, a doctor told his mother he may need to be institutionalized later in life. Now, at age 19, he's attending Terra State Community College and participating in inspirational speaking events state- and nationwide.
Mincer, Lenz and Aldrich all have something in common. They are all on the autism spectrum and represent local families coping with the developmental disability. . . .
There is no cure for autism, and as of 2010, it affects about one in 68 children. For many, that's alarming - considering that number was only one in 150 in 2000.
Becky Holtgreven, director of educational services for the Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities said she believes increased autism awareness has caused a spike in the numbers.
Who cares what the rate is........no one is ever alarmed. They don't even have the dates of the rate increase right---Who cares? All the autism, according to a county official, is brought to us by "increased autism awareness."
I posted comments.
In the latter case (as in the former), the scientific argument is not merely lopsided but single-sided. Like any medicine, vaccines have a very small risk of serious side effects, which doctors are trained to identify. But the association of the measles vaccination with autism has been entirely discredited. Childhood vaccinations do not involve dangerous levels of toxins and do not compromise the immune system. And vaccinations prevent a range of diseases - chickenpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus - that used to routinely hospitalize, disable or kill children. . . .
This means that if even a small portion of the herd refuses vaccination, the risks rise for everyone. Epidemiology grants marginal groups the power to do great harm. The United States generally has rates of immunization in the high 80s or low 90s. In some places, however, the rate dips lower, making it easier for an infected traveler (for example) to cause an outbreak. Recent examples can be found in Orange County, Calif., and New York City. The problem is even worse in Britain (where the immunization rate for measles is only about 80?percent) and in other parts of Europe.
Those who resist vaccination are a varied group. The parents of autistic children seek and deserve an explanation. Unfortunately, vaccination is not the answer. . . .
Autism gets this brush off from Michael Gerson at the Post: "The parents of autistic children seek and deserve an explanation. Unfortunately, vaccination is not the answer. . . ."
They deserve an answer? How no one can give them one? When will autism matter as much as vaccine compliance in this country?
This is the message from Michael Gerson: Too damn bad if doctors don't know why your child stopped talking and starting head banging. Bowel disease, seizures, wandering, meltdowns---just part of the mystery of autism.
ALL WE KNOW FOR SURE, ALL WE CARE ABOUT IS THAT VACCINES DON'T CAUSE AUTISM..
The recent outbreaks of measles in Canada and the United States came as a shock to many public health experts but they wouldn’t have to Dr. Gregory Poland, one of the world’s most admired, most advanced thinkers in the field of vaccinology.
The measles vaccine has failed, he explained two years ago in a prescient paper, “The re-emergence of measles in developed countries.” In that paper, he warned that due to factors that most haven’t noticed, measles has come back to be a serious public health threat. Thankfully, in that paper and elsewhere he also spelled out in no-nonsense fashion what now needs to be done.
Dr. Poland is no vaccine denier. Not only is he among the harshest and most outspoken critics of the “irrationality of the antivaccinationists,” he is also one of the strongest proponents for vaccines and the good that they can do. As Professor of Medicine and founder and leader of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, one of the world’s largest vaccine research organizations; as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Vaccine; as recipient of numerous awards; as chair of vaccine data monitoring committees for pharmaceutical giant Merck; as patent holder in various vaccines processes; as someone who enjoys special employee status with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Defense and as someone who has sat on every federal committee that has dealt with vaccines, no one can accuse him of seeing vaccines from a narrow perspective.
And he sees the need for a major rethink, after concluding that the current measles vaccine is unlikely to ever live up to the job expected of it: “outbreaks are occurring even in highly developed countries where vaccine access, public health infrastructure, and health literacy are not significant issues. . . .
What is needed, suggests Dr. Poland, is for the public health establishment to accept that the current measles vaccine has so many drawbacks as to make it unworkable, and get on with the job of developing next-generation vaccines.
Dr. Poland is also faced with a whooping cough vaccine that doesn't work as reported in Scientific American last year:
Sep 17, 2013 Why Whooping Cough Vaccines Are Wearing Off
Doctors race to protect kids as whooping cough vaccines wear off
By late summer 2010 an alarming number of children in California had developed pertussis, or whooping cough-five times as many as in the first half of 2009. David Witt, a physician and infectious disease specialist who works at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, cared for some of those sick children. His practice lies in the heart of Marin County, the famously counterculture spit of land north of San Francisco. At first, he assumed that the outbreak was a consequence of parents refusing vaccinations for their children. As the incidence continued to climb month after month, however-not just in northern California but all across the state-Witt began to wonder whether something else was going on.
Working with his college-age son Maxwell and his pediatrician colleague Paul Katz, Witt retrieved the records for 132 Kaiser Permanente patients younger than 18 who had tested positive for pertussis between March and October 2010.
"The bulk of the cases were in fully vaccinated children between eight and 12 years old," Witt says. "That was a total surprise."
Remember Paul Offit on Stephen Colbert on April 28th?
Offit blamed non-vaccinating parents for outbreaks of measles. I hope Dr. Poland gives Offit a call and sets him right about who's at fault here. It's the vaccine!
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